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A solar eclipse in actionvia NASA

Don’t take selfies during the solar eclipse

Your narcissism could cause blindness

There’s a solar eclipse happening this Friday, the first one since 1999. It undoubtedly ranks as an exciting event, a rare occasion when moon passes between Sun and Earth, plunging our world into temporary darkness.

Seeing as human quality control for uploading something onto Facebook or Instagram isn’t particularly tight, it goes without saying that there will be an army of people, iPhones in hands, waiting to get that crucial selfie of them and the #solareclipse.

However, scientists are warning people against attempting to get the ultimate solar eclipse selfie.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney from the College of Optometrists told the Telegraph: “Taking a selfie could potentially put you at risk as you may end up accidentally looking directly at the Sun while aligning yourself and your phone. The general public must remember that they should not look directly at the Sun or at a solar eclipse, either with the naked eye, even if dark filters such as sunglasses or photographic negatives are used, nor through optical equipment such as cameras, binoculars or telescopes.”

For Londoners, the eclipse begins at 8.24am and peaks at 9.31am, meaning that traffic is likely to move even slower than usual as people try and get a glimpse of the first crossing of sun and moon in 16 years.

Remember people, looking at the sun even if there is a moon in the way can burn the retina and cause blindness, so be vigilant with your selfie. Apart from the loss of sight, it might be quite embarrassing telling people you permanently burnt your eyes trying to take a selfie.

However, it wouldn’t be the first time that people have injured themselves in the pursuit of The World’s Greatest Selfie.

In January, three college kids from India were killed after trying to take a photo in front of a speeding train. Last year, a Polish couple fell off a cliff trying to take a scenic selfie and the US Forest service had to instruct people to stop taking selfies with wild bears in national parks.

No matter what the danger, it seems we’ll do anything for the likes.